For the second year in a row Peru is the winner of the Global Big Day! Organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the event aims to increase global awareness of birds by asking birders to spend one day searching for as many birds as possible. This year’s Big Day was May 14, and over 16,000 individuals observed 6292 species, around 60% of global avian diversity. Peru boasts the second highest level of avian diversity in the world (1800+ species) and once again beat out its closest competitors, Brazil and Colombia, to record the Global Big Day’s largest number of species at 1230! I had the pleasure of contributing several endemic species from my route on the Cordillera Colán, including Rufous-vented Tapaculo, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Russet-mantled Softtail, and the iconic Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird.

Cordillera Colan
Looking from the Cordillera Colán towards one of my research study sites near the town of Pomacochas.